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Equestrian Lifestyle

People involved with horses experience the equestrian lifestyle, an all encompassing life that involves culture, style, relationships, stories, people, & more. For instance, some people experience equestrian lifestyle through educational opportunities or their career. Others dive into culture by reading horse books, buying horse art, shopping for horse things, watching horse movies or television shows, listening to equine-related podcasts, attending parties and events at horse shows and events, etc. Equestrian style can range from western style, hunter style, colorful horse and pony style for children, etc. Horse Illustrated's lifestyle articles also cover humor, horse stories, horse people, history, rider fitness, and travel destinations.

What ignites the competitive spark? Does it happen the first time a lead liner finally masters the up/down of the posting trot? The moment a western rider discovers just the right pace for a lope? And what continues to...
"No, we can't afford a horse"... Those words are hard to hear as a child, and grownups even find that particular financial reality difficult to cope with. Since horses are a luxury, many horselovers are relegated to watching a...
Horses are rescued for many reasons, including neglect, abuse and lack of handling. Each horse will react to life changes in his own way, yet there are basic steps rescuers take to bond with these special equines. The following was...
Are you married to, or in a relationship with, a non-horsey person? If so, you're not alone. If you've seen firsthand how the amount of time and money you spend on your horse can lead to conflict, well, you're...
A riding vacation can supply memories for a lifetime. To ensure those memories leave you with smiles instead of regrets, explore your options and ask the right questions before choosing a trip. If you want to take a cattle drive,...
The hours are long, the weather doesn't always cooperate, and some clients don't pay. Yet for those dedicated to the profession of veterinary medicine, the rewards of saving a life and helping an animal heal make up for any...
Your horse works hard. You work hard. Don’t you both deserve a little pampering and stress relief?A day at the spa could be just the ticket. Spas have been bastions of human relaxation for centuries. Horse spas now offer...
Most riders would rather not think about changing trainers. We become attached to our instructors, often glamorizing and idolizing them. But no one trainer knows everything, and not every trainer is right for every horse and rider. If you've...
Are you at your wit’s end when it comes to deciding what to give your horsey friends this holiday? Before you collapse with a case of colic, take heart: here are some nifty gifts for your trainer, your riding...
Barrel Racing at DuPage County Fair by Daniel X O'Neil on flickr/CC BY 2.0Anyone who rides a horse is almost certain to fall off at some time. On most occasions these unexpected departures from the saddle are nothing more...
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